Memphis lost their fifth straight game last night, a 100-92 loss to the Portland Trailblazers.
It would have been a tall order for them to win. In addition to missing Mike Conley, the Grizzlies played without other key rotation players — Brandan Wright and Wayne Selden among them. And a Damian Lillard/C. J. McCollum backcourt is only a tad less potent than the James Harden/Chris Paul tandem that led the Rockets to victory one game prior.
But the game was winnable down the stretch. Portland’s 32-point second quarter, combined with their frisky defense, was enough to keep the Grizz running uphill all night. Check out remarks from Head Coach David Fizdale, as well as Tyreke Evans, Marc Gasol and Chandler Parsons: